Are There Rewards For Being Overweight?

There are many decisions we make in life that are dependent on a risk/reward analysis. For those of you that invest in the stock market, you have seen the rewards over the past decade of keeping your money in aggressive stock funds only to see risk explode over the past 2 or so months due to markedly falling values. Electing to take one job over another is another risk/reward analysis decision. When you think about it, many other decisions we make involved evaluating the risk vs. rewards.

Let’s turn to the weight control arena: What is the “rewards” of living a lifestyle that produces an unhealthy weight control situation? Well, there is an immediate gratification aspect that makes the eating of high caloric foods/drinking alcohol “fun” and makes us feel good…for a short period of time. Other than that, I am not certain I can think of any other “rewards”. Now, concerning the risks, I can write page after page of the detrimental physical and emotional health consequences of being overweight/obese.

So, the point of today’s entry: Individually, try to think of the “rewards” you receive from a weight control situation you are not happy with, evaluate the risks, and then take the necessary actions to achieve the rewards that come along with effective weight control. I cannot think of any risks associated with a healthy weight.

Oh, there is one more reward I forgot to mention about being morbidly obese: While we were visiting Las Vegas, we passed by a restaurant that offered free food to anyone weighing 350 pounds or more. They actually had a large scale in front of the restaurant for those people that wanted to see if they were eligible for free eats. And, of course, the free food was exactly the type that would help keep those people above 350.

Author
Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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